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July 30, 2011

Post-Ramadan Teensie-Weensie Tip #5: Start learning Arabic (if you haven’t already) – Part 6

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here are Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.]

[Okay, this series sure took a long time. This is the last part, alhamdulillah.]

11) Don’t be stagnant. Take the next step.

I’ve met many sisters who have told me that they can understand a lot of Arabic. Unfortunately, they don’t take advantage of this fact and attend ARABIC lectures.

[I’ve learned one thing after 2 years of attending mostly Arabic lectures: there is a huge difference in level between English and Arabic lectures.

If the English speakers knew just how much the difference was, they would have wept.]

I recall an advice that I read when I first started studying Arabic. The brother suggested cutting off all ties with English.

I finally understand why. If you stick to English (or whatever your language is), you will continue to depend on it. However, if you start to attend Arabic classes and read Arabic books, you will become dependent on the Arabic language.

It might be difficult at first but it gets easier. Pretty soon, you’ll find it easier to attend Arabic classes than English ones.

12) It’s a life long journey.

Arabic is a deep language. We won’t become experts at it overnight.

13) Turn learning Arabic into an act of worship.

Yes, you could learn this language for worldly matters but then you won’t get much out of it.

However, if you do it intending to earn the pleasure of Allah, you’ll get a lot, insha-Allah.

14) Do dua (supplication).

Do it again and again and again.

Don’t just ask Allah to help you learn Arabic. BEG Him.

To those of you who haven’t learnt much Arabic between last Ramadan and now, I say: Don’t give up. Start now and keep going until you get there.

I hope that this series was beneficial, insha-Allah.

May Allah make it easy for all of us to learn the language in which His Book was revealed.

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